ABOUT US

Matthew Robinson

A graduate of the Birmingham conservatoire under Mark Ashford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Robert Brightmore, Matthew obtained a 1st class BMus(hons) degree and a Masters in Performance, with distinction.

As a soloist he has performed the Richard Rodney-Bennett concerto at the Purcell room, London conducted by Ben Gernon.
Since 2009 Matthew has been touring Europe and the U.K. with virtuoso Flamenco/jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla, www.eduardoniebla.com.

Matthew is head of guitar at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a tutor/director of the National Youth Guitar Ensembles.

Matthew’s cat Monty enjoys using a bespoke ‘cat-ladder’ that the rest of the quartet helped build.

ABOUT US

Matthew Robinson

A graduate of the Birmingham conservatoire under Mark Ashford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Robert Brightmore, Matthew obtained a 1st class BMus(hons) degree and a Masters in Performance, with distinction.

As a soloist he has performed the Richard Rodney-Bennett concerto at the Purcell room, London conducted by Ben Gernon.
Since 2009 Matthew has been touring Europe and the U.K. with virtuoso Flamenco/jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla, www.eduardoniebla.com.

Matthew is head of guitar at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a tutor/director of the National Youth Guitar Ensembles.

Matthew’s cat Monty enjoys using a bespoke ‘cat-ladder’ that the rest of the quartet helped build.

The Mēla guitar quartet brings together four exceptional guitarists who play with an “exalted level of perfection” (naxos.com).
 
Since being International Guitar Foundation young artists in 2016 they have gone on to release a CD of the guitar chamber works of Stephen Dodgson with NAXOS in 2017 and are Park Lane Group young artists for the 2018/19 season. 
Known for their “benchmark performances” (Mark Houghton), the Mēla guitar quartet’s “musicianship makes you forget that you are listening to four guitars and carries you to a different sound world” (Thérèse Wassily Saba, Gendai Guitar magazine), their playing “shines, shimmers with sparkling clarity, what’s more, they play from memory and make pieces their own; wonderful music making!” (Phillip Houghton)
 
They have performed in venues such as St. James’ Church, Piccadilly; Kings Place, Hall one; Milton Court, Barbican; International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester and Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom (!), at the HandelHendrix House.
 
Visit their website www.melagq.com to find out about their upcoming projects.
 
The quartet play guitars by master luthier Michael Gee.

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